Local airports ramp-up preventative measures amid Covid-19 threat

by March 4th, 2020

The island’s three international airports have moved to implement preventative measures as concern mounts over the deadly corona virus.

The Airports Authority of Jamaica says, it has taken proactive actions to protect passengers and workers.

The is no case of the corona virus in Jamaica.

In a statement, the Airports Authority says, the international gateways to Jamaica – the Norman Manley International Airport, Sangster International Airport, and the Ian Fleming International Airport, continue to work closely with, and facilitate onsite activities of the Ministry of Health, to alleviate the spread of the virus.

In addition to the travel restrictions imposed on some countries, the Airports Authority notes that passengers are screened on arrival for elevated temperature prior to entering the immigration hall; quarantine stations outfitted with public health nurses; and joint inspection of the designated isolation surveillance areas of the airports with the port health team to ensure readiness.

A number of communication and sensitization initiatives are also being undertaken to include sensitization sessions, facilitated by the Director of International Health Regulations with front line employees, first responders, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA, Customs, Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association, JHTA and other key airport stakeholders.